MOOER PEDALS CLONE LIST AND REVIEW
Welcome to my full and comprehensive list of the Mooer Clone pedals. Mooer Audio is a pedal company that produces a range of clone pedals. However, in recent times, Mooer has begun making original pedals, along with its famous and popular Mooer clone pedal range.
These spans almost all the different types of guitar effects. And, at very reasonable prices too. Making them affordable to guitarists on every budget. You'll even see some well-known guitarists using the Micro Mooer pedals. There a lot of lists on the internet about this topic. However, none review them as in-depth as this.
Mooer, make very good pedal clones at affordable prices. In terms of the types of pedals Mooer clone, one can see similar clones in the form of the Joyo pedals. I have a separate list of Joyo clones here. Mooer, however, unlike the Joyo range make mini pedals. And the compact and mini size of these Mooer pedals have become their main selling point and is what separates them from other pedal clone manufacturers.
Mooer Mini Pedals
In my personal experience, these Mooer clone pedals were some of the first mini pedals I came across. And they were some of the first mini pedals that were made available at prices that most guitarists can afford. Whilst the Mooer clones might not have been the very first mini pedals to come out, they surely played a massive role in popularising mini guitar effects pedals. I must note that I've tried to add video comparisons of each of the pedals and the originals for which they were based off. My hope is that the videos will give more context to my written explanation of these pedals by Mooer. I also aim to review each of these Mooer Mini clone pedals below.
How Do We Know These Are Definitely Clone Pedals?
I don't think that it is any secret that the Mooer pedals are, for the most part, clones of other popular and/or discontinued pedals. Like I've mentioned, Mooer has since begun making their own original pedals. But it was these mini clone pedals that have made Mooer so well known. And, giving them the platform to eventually start creating and producing their own pedals. But, if you'd like confirmation that these are definitely clone pedals, we don't have to look too far to actually recognize which pedals these are clones of. let's look at two giveaway factors right off the bat:
- The first is that the Mooer pedals have very similar coloring to the original pedals from which they based on.
- Secondly, The fonts of each of the Mooer pedals match up to the originals. From here it's quite easy to tell which pedals they're cloning.
What About The Digital Pedals?
For the most part, digital pedals are pretty impossible to clone. I mean, they've been programmed in a specific way, etc. This may not be true for all the digital clones, but, saying for example that the Shimverb is a Strymon clone would be highly inaccurate. However, most of the digital pedals definitely take some inspiration from the originals pedals that they're aiming to clone. The rest of the analog pedals are pretty easy to clone and we can pretty much confirm their purpose.
The Acoustikar by Mooer Audio is a clone of the Boss AC-2 acoustic simulator pedal. However, the Boss AC-2 is no longer available to purchase new. But, Boss has a newer acoustic simulator pedal in the form of the AC-3 which is practically identical to the AC-2. So how does the Mooer Acoustikar fair as a clone? For an acoustic simulator clone of the legendary Boss, this pedal does incredibly and I'm very impressed with its capabilities of being able to sound like an acoustic guitar. How does the Mooer Acoustikar differ to the Boss AC-2? There's a distinct difference in the way each of these two pedals sound. The Mooer delivers a brighter and crisper sound. This characteristic of the Mooer is maintained despite which mode you choose. The Boss, on the other hand, sounds a lot more mellow and warmer.
Mooer Acoustikar vs Boss AC 3 / AC 2
The Mooer has the same controls as the Boss however, it is missing an extra mode. This is the "Enhance" mode. If I'm honest, I'm glad Mooer didn't add this as part of the clone. I tend to find this mode on the Boss AC-2 pretty much useless. Take a look at the video below which does a comparison between the Mooer and the Boss. By watching it, you really get to see the tonal differences between these two. When it comes down to it, I have a tough time choosing which one I prefer. I like the sounds of both.
Boss DM-2 is definitely one of the most classic Boss guitar effects pedals from the early days of the compact stomp boxes. This Boss DM-2 is still an exceptionally sought after pedal. Especially due to the fact that Boss stopped making them for a very long time. It is only now in recent times that they've reissued these. Before then, it was hard to get your hands on this epic analog delay. That was until Mooer created this great clone. The Ana Echo analog delay is the Mooer mini version of the DM-2 by Boss. These are both analog delays with. However, I'd say that the Boss DM-2 sounds more natural to my ear. There's also a certain organic decay that the Boss has which the Mooer doesn't. This is such a minor detail that most people won't ever notice.
The Mooer is more than sufficient in earning its place as a great clone to the Boss DM-2. Furthermore, the Mooer Ana Echo has a V3205 BBD Coolaudio chip, which thus makes a truly analog delay pedal. For some guitarists, the delay time on both the Boss as well as the Mooer Ana Echo is too short. With a maximum time of 300ms. Having said that, I truly believe that these are great pedals for your slap back as well as shorter delay sounds. I also believe this is what they are best used as. Digital delays are better suited for your longer delay times. The layout in terms of knobs that you get with each of these two pedals is exactly the same. Both have knobs to control:
Mooer Ana Echo vs Boss DM-2
The colors are also pretty darn similar. Thus, further confirming confirmation that this is a clone. The video down below this is a fantastic demonstration of the Mooer Ana Echo Vs Boss Dm-2. Listen carefully as it can be quite hard to distinguish between the two pedals. As I've already said above, I do tend to find that the Boss has a more "analog" sound if that makes sense. There's honestly just something about the decaying notes that the Boss DM-2 produces which the Mooer Ana Echo misses out on slightly. Completely unnoticeable in a gig or live band setting.
Mooer clones two classic Rat distortions into a mini pedal, the Black Secret.
There aren't many distortion pedals that have as a unique and distinct tone as the ProCo Rat. This Rat distortion, whilst still in production, is one of the most legendary distortion boxes ever to be built. The older ProCo Rat distortions sell second hand for a lot of money. And, the new ones are also a tad bit on the expensive side. Luckily for us guitar players on a budget, we can get our hands on the vintage Rat distortion sound. But there's even more...
Due to the success of the ProCo Rat, the same manufacturers brought out the Turbo Rat. Which, as the name would suggest, is a bit more abrasive and "turbo-charged". The Turbo Rat become just as famous and loved as its predecessor. Furthermore, Mooer has packed both the classic ProCo rat along with the Turbo Rat distortion into one mini pedal. Essentially giving us two clones in the size of one small pedal. Being able to toggle between the classic and turbo rat distortion sounds makes the Mooer Black secret an amazing clone of the ProCo Rat.
Mooer Black Secret vs ProCo Rat Distortion
Especially when you consider the affordability of this pedal. In terms of how these two sound compared to one another, the original Rat definitely sounds fatter and "more alive" if that makes any sense. The Mooer Black secret still achieves the specific tonal characteristics of the classic Rat distortion. I have placed a video just beneath this to show you a sound test of the Mooer Black Secret Vs ProCo Rat distortion. It is definitely worth pointing out that the Mooer black secret comes with an LM308 chip installed.
If you're wondering if the Mooer Blade distortion is really a clone of the massive EHX Metal Muff. you can be at ease knowing that it is indeed a clone of this very pedal. In my opinion, it is nothing short of genius how Mooer managed to turn such a large pedal into such a mini clone. There does, however, seem to be a fair bit of debate surrounding the fact that the Mooer Blade could be a Boss Metal Zone. The consensus does seem to lean more towards the Mooer Blade being an Electro-Harmonix clone. For the sake of this list, and due to the fact that my knowledge and experience of metal pedals are limited. I'm going to compare the Mooer Blade and the EH Metal Muff.
Let's take a look at the Metal Muff first, and then determine how the Blade distortion does as a copy. Right off the bat, we can see how big the Metal Muff is. Despite this, it does offer an extra boost switch. The Metal Muff has 6 controls which include:
- Top Boost
Mooer Blade Metal Distortion vs EHX Metal Muff
The Mooer Blade is designed in a completely different way to the Metal Muff. Besides for the obvious smaller size, the Blade distortion only has three knobs but includes a 3-way toggle switch. The knobs include volume control, tone control and well as distortion control. The toggle, however, gives you the options of a top boost, a lo boost or the middle function which is no boost. The Mooer Blade does not have an extra switch to engage the boost function, something that the EHX Metal does have. However, in terms of sound, this pedal produces tones similar to that of the Metal Muff as well as the Boss Metal Zone.
In the video I have added below, it demonstrates the Mooer Blade vs EHX Metal Muff. However, instead of the bigger version, it is up against the micro version as I have not found a suitable comparison video yet. Despite this, you should still get a pretty good deal of how the pedals sound up against each other. I actually prefer the sound from the Mooer Blade a lot more If I'm honest.
The majority of guitar players and gearheads out there are under the impression that the Mooer blue comp is a clone of the Boss CS-2. If I'm honest, it was only until I did some investigating that I discovered this is in fact incorrect. The Mooer Blue comp is actually a clone of the often forgotten about, very rare, and old Boss CS-1 compressor. There are a few characteristics and features of the Mooer Blue compressor that give away the fact that its a CS- clone.
- The Blue Comp by Mooer has a toggle that lets you select between "Treble" and "Normal". In the past, Boss had made the CS-1 with this toggle. Which is the first indication of it being a clone.
- I also discovered that the Mooer Blue Comp uses an Optical TA7136 chip. Which, if I'm not mistaken is the same chip found in the Boss CS-1
The only difference, however, is that the Mooer has an extra "Attack" control. Which adds a whole new parameter and versatility to this already great pedal. I don't know much about the Boss CS-1 but I do know that they are quite hard to come by. Boss discontinued this pedal a long time ago and replaced it with Boss CS-2 (also now discontinued) and now a Boss CS-3. So for that reason, I think it is really awesome that Mooer decided to clone such a rare, yet classic Boss compressor pedal.
Mooer Blue Comp Vs Boss CS-1 / CS-2
I'd love to be able to get my hands on a Mooer Blue Comp Vs Boss CS-1 comparison. Or even a Blue Comp vs Boss CS-2 comparison. However, I've yet to find any of these. In the meantime, I have added a demo of the Mooer Blue comp so you can get an idea of how it sounds like a compressor pedal. Many have asked about the difference between the two sounds of the "Normal" and "Treble" switch. Essentially, the Normal setting accentuates the sustain more. Whilst the Treble switch accentuates and sustains the top end.
The blue comp is a more complex pedal than the yellow one. The blue comp has an extra two-way toggle switch which allows for more tweaking of your sound. I talk about what the toggle does above. The Yellow one, on the other hand, is a simple three-knob comp pedal and in my opinion, delivers one of the best sounds from any cheap comp pedal I've ever tried. If you're not sure which one is for you, my advice would be to go for the yellow comp.
In this Mooer range of mini clone pedals, there are two Fuzz pedals. This Blue Faze is a clone of the classic Arbiter Silicon Fuzz Face (Now made by Dunlop). Not to be confused with the other Fuzz pedal on this clone list, the Grey Fuzz. The Blue Faze is based on the Silicon Fuzz Face and makes use of the BC108C silicon transistor. Which, is the vintage type of transistor that would have been found in the original Fuzz Face pedals. When it comes to fuzz and distortion in general, this silicon fuzz face was one of the first to ever be created. This silicon fuzz face is what basically started the guitar pedal, as the stompboxes we know them today.
The world's greatest electric guitar player, Jimi Hendrix used a silicon Fuzz Face. And, if achieving a similar tone to Jimi is what you're after, I suggest starting with one of these. Now, the Silicon Fuzz face is still available on the market today. Despite having gone through different companies, Dunlop now makes these in pretty much the same fashion as the old ones. They can, however, become quite costly. But, the Mooer Blue Faze is a particularly good clone for a budget pedal.
The Silicon Fuzz Faces are known for being a rather wild and in your face fuzz tone. I like to describe it as a brash fuzz, but I the word "brash" in a positive way. What I mean by this is that when you engage the pedal, you'll definitely stand out. Which is something I love about the sound of these. They're full-blown fuzz in the true sense of the word. I much prefer the silicon fuzz sound to that of the germanium fuzz pedals.
Mooer Blue Faze Vs. Dunlop Silicon Fuzz Face
The question still remains. How does the Mooer Blue Faze match up to the Dunlop Silicon Fuzz face? In my opinion, the Blue Faze just as alive as the original Fuzz face. Furthermore, it has the ability to clean up pretty well when you roll back the volume on your guitar, much like the original pedals do. This Mooer Blue Faze features the exact same controls as the original fuzz face. A super simple layout that lets you control the amount of fuzz. As well as the overall volume of the fuzz. I think the Blue Faze does a fantastic job of trying to sound like the Dunlop silicon fuzz face.
Marshall Bluesbreaker (Discontinued)
I am so glad that Mooer has released a pedal that is a clone of the original Marshall Blues Breaker pedal. I mean, Marshall does have a newer V2 of the Blues breaker but it is not quite like the original. To my ears, I'd say that the Mooer Blues Crab is even closer to the sound of the Vintage Marshall Blues Breaker pedals than that of the actual Marshall BB-2. Finding that original blues breaker tone was difficult until Mooer released the Blues crab.
The Marshall Blues Breaker was designed to give us the overdriven sound of an old tube amp that is being pushed. It gives us that large, open and gritty sound that is so prevalent in blues music. And, the Blues Crab does just that. A great pedal and the best guitar pedal for low gain overdrive that I've used in a long time. Another fantastic application and use for the Mooer Blues crab is to stack it along with another overdrive pedal. I'll stack the Blues Crab into my tube screamer pedal every so often to achieve a pretty epic tone for blues lead.
Blues Crab vs Bluesbreaker
Mooer's clone pedals are all very close to the originals they're cloned after. However, in my opinion, this Mooer Blues Crab is by far the closest sounding pedal to the original that I've come across yet. Seriously, It was only until someone pointed out that the Original Blues Breaker is a bit more smooth sounding when compared to the Blues Crab that I noticed this difference. However, this is only barely noticeable and I've actually become fonder of the Blues Crab than the original Marshall Blues Breaker. This is such an incredibly good pedal and great value for money.
The Blues crab is more of a clean drive pedal that is merely meant to boost or push the front of a tube amplifier. Either to an amp that is about to break up or an already driven amp. The blues mood, on the other hand, has more gain on tap and can be used to achieve subtle gain to crunch bluesy goodness.
Mooer Audio have made sure the blues sound has been covered by adding yet another blues-style overdrive pedal to their range of clones. This time, Mooer have the Blues Mood pedal, which is a clone of the famous and extremely popular, Boss Blues Drive BD-2. However, Mooer didn't just stop there. No, in fact, they went a step further and cloned the Boss Blues Driver with the legendary Keeley Fat mod.
I think it is awesome that Mooer not only cloned a legendary pedal but made sure that they got the most out of the clone by copying the Keeley mod version. This mod is something that can become quite costly because not only would you have to purchase the actual BD-2 pedal but then would have to pay for the actual modification. But, Mooer has given us budget pedal enthusiasts a much cheaper option in the form of the Blues Mood. I'll discuss what the mod does and sounds like a little further below.
Mooer Blues Mood Vs Boss BD 2
The Mooer Blues Mood, just like the Boss BD-2, Compresses in the same nature to that of a tube amplifier. And this results in a very smooth and creamy sounding drive. However, when the drive knob is maxed out to its fullest potential, you can start to reach some low distortion. As a clone of the Boss BD-2, the Blues Mood holds up very well. And with the addition of the "Keeley" style mod, the Blues Mood is a no brainer.
Much like the Blues Driver by Boss, the Blues Mood can be used as either a boost pedal by adjusting the gain knob to zero and boosting the volume knob. Or, can be used to achieve the overdriven tube amp sound. This can be achieved by playing around with the gain knob. Both the Blues Mood and the Boss BD-2 make for pretty versatile drive/boost pedals. Especially with the fat switch option.
The "Fat Switch" (Inspired by the Keeley Mod)
Okay, so by now you're definitely wondering what's the Keeley mod that I'm mentioning. Well, let's give a little background first. You may or may not know Keeley to be a pedal manufacturer. But, if I'm not mistaken, started out making pedal modifications that skyrocketed the name. One of the most famous Keeley modifications was done to the Boss Blues Driver. This modification came in the form of a "fat switch". Engaging this switch results in a "fatter" sound with more low end.
This modification is said to enhance the tonal capabilities of the Boss BD-2. Which is something I would have to agree with. Something definitely worth mentioning is that the Blues Mood also sounds great when used on the bass guitar. There's a video down below which is a Mooer Blues Mood review. It also compares it o the Boss BD-2. But unfortunately, the BD-2 in the video does not have the Keeley mod.
Mooer Audio Cruncher, a clone of the MI Audio Crunch Box. So far in this list of the best Mooer pedals, it's pretty easy to see how great some of the clones are. However, in my opinion, Mooer fell a little bit short with the Mooer Cruncher. Whilst still a great sounding pedal for the price, I feel it lacks some of the qualities and characteristics found in the original MI Audio Crunch Box.
I am in no way saying the Mooer Cruncher is not a good pedal, however. It just does not match up to the Crunch Box, or the Angry Charlie which is another similar type of distortion pedal. Having said that, the Mooer Cruncher still has some decent applications and, when dialed incorrectly, can achieve low, medium and high-ish gain tones.
Mooer Cruncher Vs MI Audio Crunch Box
The Cruncher by Mooer pedals is an outright gain pedal. What exactly do I mean by this? Well, it is a distortion pedal designed with enough gain on tap to get anything from low gain distortion to searing leads. This pedal is great for the rock genre and whilst it can get awesome lead tones, you're also able to get epic chunky rhythm tones. Something that is not talked about often enough with the Mooer cruncher is the fact that the very essence of the pedal was designed to be a "Marshall in a box". This is not the first Marshall in a box and there's even another one on this list of Mooer pedal clones. I do find that the original I Audio Crunch distortion has more "bite". Which, is what separates it from the Mooer Cruncher in my honest opinion.
I do tend to find that when the gain is all the way full and the tone knob level is over 12 o'clock, the sounds gets quite fizzy for my liking. It is at this point where I tend to prefer the original MI Audio Crunch Box. The MI Audio Crunch box was is designed with very high-quality components and it could be considered a boutique pedal. As a pedal that uses cheaper mass-produced components, the Mooer Cruncher gets close, but not right on the tone of the pedal it is based on.
A cool effect I learned to get out of this pedal is to dial back the tone all the way to achieve a "Queens Of The Stone age" type distortion. Pretty cool.
I love this pedal! It sounds absolutely epic for what it is. So what is it? It is essentially a clone of the vintage (and I think rare) Maxon Ad999 analog delay. Now, the Mooer Audio Echolizer is actually, in fact, a digital pedal. But, it does the most spectacular job of recreating those classic old vintage analog delay tones. You can go from short slapback delay sounds to longer and more decaying delays. The longer delays sound amazing to me but the great thing about this pedal is how versatile it is considering the fact that it is somewhat limited from 25-6oo milliseconds. The tones you can get out of this pedal is still amazing considering the price of it when compared to the actual Maxon AD999.
There are quite a few Mooer pedals which are clones of delay pedals such as the Reecho and Ana Echo. However, this echolizer is the one Mooer delay pedal that stands out the most to me. Some guitar players believe that this Mooer Echolizer should only be used through your amps effects loop. I tend to find this true, especially if you're looking to get the best out of the echo pedal. Having said that, I don't believe that it is fully necessary to have to put it through the loop. I use a pedalboard with my delays and modulation hitting the front of the amp. This has been on my board and I did not experience any problems running it straight into my amp.
These two pedals may seem similar because they are both echo-based delay pedals. However, they are actually quite different. The Ecolizer has a longer delay time compared to the ana echo. It has a maximum of 600ms whilst the ana only has 300ms maximum. For me, they Echolizer wins over the Ana Echo. However, if you're looking to replace the Boss Dm-2 then the Ana Echo is for you.
I must be honest, flanger was never one of my favorite effects out there. However, that was until I discovered the EHX Electric Mistress and later on, the Mooer Eleclady. I also realized that I had only ever tried digital flanger effects which I hated. Whilst these flangers are both analogs. I always thought flanger was an effect strictly for heavy metal use. However, it was only until I started exploring effects pedals, as well as watching an episode of "That Pedal Show". Which, opened up my eyes to the world of flanger, and the EHX Electric Mistress in particular.
The Mooer Eleclady is a clone of the Electric Mistress by Electro-Harmonix. And, it manages to clone this legendary flanger in a fraction of the size of the original. The Mooer Eleclady, with its small and sleek design, offers three knobs as well as a 2-way toggle switch. The knobs include:
Whilst the toggle switch lets you flick between "filter" or "normal" modes. Normal mode is your classic analog flanger sound. Whilst engaging the filter modes will result in some awesome oscillation.
Mooer Eleclady vs EHX Electric Mistress
The Eleclady makes for a great clone of this awesome EHX pedal. However, there are definitely some slight tonal differences between these two pedals. You'll find the Mooer Eleclady to give you more top end. Whilst, the Electric Mistress is definitely mellower and more "organic" sounding in terms of the analog flanger. One huge and obvious difference between the two is the size difference. The original EHX electric Mistress is absolutely massive and I'd consider it not pedalboard-friendly at all. The Mooer, on the other hand, is perfect for the pedalboard. Having said that, Electro-Harmonix does make a newer, and smaller version of the classic Electric Mistress.
I've mentioned before in another article that the Boss CE-2 Chorus pedal is my all-time favorite chorus pedal. This is due to the fact that my guitar idols from the 80s used this very pedal. Boss unfortunately no longer makes this version of the Boss CE-2. In fact, the pedal has been discontinued for quite some time. For that reason, my original Made In Japan CE-2 has become an item of value.
As a result, I'm exceptionally reluctant to take it out gigging. And I'm also reluctant to put it through any unnecessary wear from stepping on it. Thus, finding a suitable replacement for my favorite chorus has been tough. But Mooer kind of knocked this one out of the park, providing a great clone that makes use of an MN3007 chip. Which, is the chip found in these old Boss chorus pedals. I could be wrong about this though, please leave a comment down below if this needs correcting. For me, this is the best cheap chorus pedal out there despite what I've said in the past.
Mooer Ensemble King vs Boss CE-2
Whilst there are some definite similarities in the way both these pedals sound, there are also some differences in the way in which the Mooer Ensemble chorus was designed. The biggest difference can be seen on the Mooer Ensemble with the addition of an extra volume knob. The Boss CE-2 came with only two control, which let you control the depth and the rate. But, the Boss CE-2 failed to come with a level knob. Something which could've been useful on such a legendary pedal. However, the Mooer is a pretty versatile chorus with a wide array of chorus effects.
You can achieve anything from a thick, lush and natural-sounding chorus. I like to use this pedal as such, to get the warm sounding chorus that can be found all over music from the '80s. You can also set the pedal for a more subtle chorus sound should you wish. When the pedal is maxed out to full, it starts to even produce a Leslie kind of tone, which is almost like an organ in the way it sounds.
I like the overall naturalness of the chorus sound I get from the Mooer Ensemble. Many other cheaper Chinese clone pedals tend to produce a tiny and thin chorus tone which I don't like. The Mooer Ensemble king does not do this, and that is why I think it is such a great clone. It's pretty tough, I would imagine, to recreate such a legendary Boss pedal. But, Mooer does it really well with this pedal.
Some of the best boost pedals, overdrive pedals and preamp pedals on the market are by Xotic effects. By making some of the best of these types of pedals, most of the Xotic effects pedals come with a pretty hefty price tag. Mooer pedals, however, have created a suitable clone of this awesome AC Booster pedal by Xotic effects. This happens to be 1/2 Mooer clones of the Xotic booster pedals. So this review is on the Mooer Flex boost and, down below you'll find a review of the Mooer Pure Boost. There are some definite differences between them.
So what is the Mooer Flex Boost? Well, it's one of the closest sounding clone pedals of the AC booster by Xotic effects that I've come by. Whilst the Mooer Flex Boost and the AC Booster have the word "boost" in their name, it is actually important to note that both of these pedals are in fact overdrive pedals.
However, they're overdrive pedals that maintain the integrity of your amplifiers sound by not coloring the tone. The Flex Boost by Mooer pedals and, the AC Booster at first and foremost overdrive pedals. But, guitar players quickly discovered that by backing off the gain and increasing the volume off the pedal. They were able to achieve a pretty clean and transparent boost.
Mooer Flex Boost Vs AC Booster
I must definitely point out that the Flex Boost has got some grit to it. As soon as you start to turn the gain knob up from zero, you can hear some light and pleasant overdrive. How does it compare to the AC Booster? It comes pretty darn close to the real thing. However, as is the case with a lot of clone pedals, they just miss out on not sounding quite as "organic" as the originals. Still, a great sounding low-gain boost/overdrive pedal.
I like to use the Mooer Flex Boost for two specific applications. Firstly, I like to stack it with another overdrive pedal. For example, running this Flex boost into bluesbreaker pedal delivers the most epic of tones. Secondly, I like to use the flex boost to add fatness and girth to my single coil guitars. I interchange between humbuckers and single coils for some gigs. And as a result, there's often a disparity in the level of tone between the two pickups. I there like to beef up the sound of the single coils with the Flex Boost. I do this by turning the gain all the way down and boosting the bass as well as the volume.
There is quite a big difference between these two. The flex boost is, in fact, a drive pedal which can also be used as a boost. Whereas the pure boost is a clean boost. In my opinion, the flex should actually be called an overdrive pedal.
The Mooer Fog is actually a bass pedal. But it can definitely be used on the guitar, too. Apparently, this Mooer pedal is a clone of the Zvex Woolly Mammoth (also a bass pedal). The pedal Features 4 knobs which include; tone, volume, fuzz, and squeeze. The "Squeeze" parameter is where you can craft your own fuzz sound and can be related to the "pinch" knob on the actual Zvex Woolly Mammoth.
The Sound Of The Fog Fuzz Mooer Pedal?
The Mooer Fog along with the Woolly Mammoth is like no other fuzz tones I have heard. A lot say you can get them to sound like Big Muff pedals. But I disagree. The Mooer Fog delivers a synth-like type of fuzz. Also, the words "snarly" as well as, "nasally" come to mind when I hear these pedals. At times, the sound tends to remind me of bit-crusher sounds. I know that there are many bass guitar players out there that swear by both the Mooer Fog as well as the Zvex Woolly Mammoth. I must be honest, I do not enjoy the sound of this pedal in general.
Having said, these pedals do the bass sound from the band, "Muse" pretty well. So if you're a bass player in a Muse cover band, then I highly suggest getting on of these pedals. There are some settings on the fog that you can set which will maintain the low end somewhat. However, for the most part, this pedal tends to cut out the low end. And as a result, you're left with an underwhelming fizzy sound. This can often be the case with not only these bass fuzz pedals but bass fuzz pedals in general.
That is why it is recommended to run a separate dry signal to maintain the low notes of the bass. After all, that's what the bass is there for! It makes no sense to me, to use a pedal that cuts out the very essence of what the instrument was intended for. Alas, I am biased due to the fact that I'm in a band with a bass player that has never used any pedals.
Mooer Fog Bass vs Zvex Woolly Mammoth?
There's no real scenario where one can justify the price of the Woolly Mammoth when the Mooer Fog does literally exactly the same thing. However, even though the Mooer fog is definitely more affordable, it's hard for me to find a need (besides for if I were the bass player in a Muse cover band) to buy or make use of this pedal. It's worth pointing out that the Zvex has a built-in gate which can be engaged by playing with the "pinch" knob. I'm almost certain the Mooer doesn't have this gate function although I could be very very wrong.
An Automatic Wah pedal clone comes in the form of the Mooer Funky Monkey. I could be mistaken when I say that Boss produced one of the first compact stompboxes to feature an Auto-Wah that was not an outright envelope filter. These are not envelop filters at all! Whilst this may not be the case, the AW-2 by Boss gained a loyal yet niche following. Whilst Boss has a newer version of this legendary pedal, the actual AW-2 was discontinued and no news of it ever coming back.
For that reason, it is great that Mooer was able to clone this pedal and bring it back to the pedal market. Especially for those of us (like myself), who are not able to get their hands on the original AW-2. But, is the Funky Monkey by Mooer Pedals are suitable enough clone to keep the name of the Boss AW-2 alive? And, is it really a true clone of the Boss AW-2? I had been wondering the same question. Let us take a deeper look..
Mooer Funky Monkey vs Boss AW-2
At close inspection, it is easy to see that they Mooer Funky Monkey is laid out pretty different from that of the AW-2. However, this is certainly to be expected considering the small size of the Mooer. That being said, let's look at how the Boss AW-2 is laid out and then note the differences son the Funky Monkey.
The Boss AW-2 gives you four knobs to play with. Each knob has a wide spectrum of tonal capabilities. The knobs on the Boss include; rate, depth, manual (lo to hi-pass filter) and sensitivity. The Mooer Funky Monkey, on the other hand, is a bit different. This Mooer pedal gives you three knobs as well as a 3-way toggle switch. Making this pedal exceptionally versatile for an Auto-Wah. The three knobs on the Funky Monkey include:
- Range: lets you play around with the range of the frequency. Moving this range knob to the right spreads the sound of the wah. Whilst moving it to the left closes it up.
- Q: The "Q" knob is quite misleading but it basically just lets you play with how intense you want the wah effect to be. This knob initially led me to believe that the Funky Monkey was a clone of the EHX Qtron pedal. Which is actually pretty plausible come to think of it now, seeing as though the Qtron is also an automatic wah pedal.
- Rate: as the name would suggest, controls the rate of the wah. Turn to the right and the sweet speed is increased.
The Funky Toggle
Furthermore, the 3-way toggle switch will set the tonal quality of the wah. These 3 on the Mooer Funky Monkey includes:
- Hi Peak: accentuates the top end of the wah sound. Almost nasally like.
- Mid Peak: This is just your average wah sound that most people associate with the effect
- Lo Peak: Moves the whole pedal into a frequency with a lot more bottom end.
Explaining this 3-way toggle switch, and this auto-wah pedal, in general, is very tough. Describing an auto-wah is immensely difficult to put into words. However, the video below should give you more than a sufficient look at this pedal as well as the tones you can achieve from it.
Mooer Funky Monkey For Bass?
You could perhaps use this on bass however I would not recommend doing so before doing more research on the topic. In my opinion, I'd recommend going for the SWEEPER pedal, also on this clone list.
Mooer's bass graphic equalizer pedal. This is based on the Boss GEB-7, the bass version of Boss's famous graphic eq pedal. However, this is the bass version therefore both the Mooer graphic B as well as the Boss GEB-7 have a different frequency range to that of a regular guitar eq pedal.
Notice above how I make use of the words, "based on" and NOT "clone" for this particular pedal? Well, that's because this Mooer Graphic B is most certainly not a clone of the Boss GEB-7. In fact, no pedal on this Mooer list is further off being like the original than this Graphic B. Please don't get me wrong though, this Graphic B is such a great pedal and does an exceptionally good job at being a bass graphic EQ. If I were a bass player I'd have absolutely no problem chucking this onto my board. It's just not a Boss GEB-7 clone.
Mooer Graphic B vs Boss GEB-7
So how am I sure this is not a clone? There are two massive dead giveaways that tell me this isn't a Boss clone. Firstly, the frequencies are completely different from the Boss. Secondly, the Mooer is a 5 band EQ whilst the Boss is a 7 band eq. Here is a closer look at the difference in frequencies between Graphic B and the GEB-7:
- Boss GEB-7 Frequencies: 50, 120, 400, 500, 800, 4.5k, 10k, level
- Mooer Graphic B Frequencies: 62.5, 125, 500, 1k, 4k, level
There's an obvious disparity in the way each of these bass eq pedals was designed. However, one cool feature about both of these pedals is that they have a level adjustment. This enables you to add a volume boost to your eq, or you can just use it as a clean volume boost.
According to a few forums and other sites I've visited on the same topic, I've come to find that many claims and believe the Mooer Graphic G to be a clone of the Maxon GE-601. The only similarities that these two pedals have are that they're both equalizer pedals for guitar. And they both feature a level knob. Other than that, the commonalities between the two, run dry.
A similar instance occurred with the Bass eq above whereby it has been claimed to be a clone of another EQ pedal which it clearly isn't. However, let me outline the major differences between the Mooer Graphic G and the Maxon GE-60.
Two major red flags stand out to me in an instant when determining whether or not this is, in fact, a clone. Red flag number 1 is that the Max GE-601 is a 6 band eq. Whilst, the Mooer Graphic G is very clearly a 5 band eq. Red flag number two can be found when comparing the frequencies of each of the two pedals. The Maxon has different frequencies to the Mooer. Here are the differences in frequencies between the Mooer and the Maxon:
- Maxon GE-601 Frequencies: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1.6k, 3.k, level
- Mooer Graphic G Frequencies: 100, 250, 630, 1.6, 4k, level
Mooer Graphic G vs Maxon GE-601
There are some similar frequencies here. However, the Mooer is still missing an extra frequency band compared to the Maxon. And, some of the frequencies are different. The best part with both the Maxon and the Mooer is that they each have a separate level control. I like to use this as a straight-up volume boost. Deciding on which of these two EQ's are best for me, come down to one thing. And that thing is space. If my pedalboard is cluttered I'd opt for the Mooer. Otherwise, I'd take the Maxon due to its extra band of frequency. I always think having an eq pedal on your board is a great idea. Since adding one to my pedalboard, I can't imagine what life used to be like without an equalizer pedal.
Tube Screamer clone pedals are a dime a dozen nowadays. In fact, the market is completely flooded with Tub screamer type clones. In my opinion, however, very few pedal manufacturers have managed to nail the TS clone down at an affordable price. Mooer pedals along with Joyo pedals make two of the best tube screamer clones out there. Whilst the Joyo clones the TS808, this Mooer Green Mile clones the just as legendary and famous, TS-9.
After some investigating, It's definitely clear that the Mooer Green Mile used the Ibanez Tube Screamer 9 as a base to create this clone. It even has a JRC4558 chip. However, the Green Mile is not identical to the TS9. The Green Mile, like the TS9 has a level, tone, and gain knob. However, the Green Mile has an extra 2-way toggle switch. This switch lets you flick between "warm" and "hot".
Green Mile Sound?
The "Warm" setting is pretty much your standard and classic TS-9 sound.
The "Hot" setting is bigger sounding and delivers more gain and a lot more midrange. The "hot" setting on the green mile is very reminiscent of the Ibanez Turbo Tube Screamer. Which, also has a Hot mode. The Turbo TS also uses the TS-9 as a basis for the pedals sound. Therefore, I don't think I'd be too far off from saying that the Green Mile is more of a clone of the Ibanez Turbo TS9DX, rather than the classic TS-9.
Mooer Green Mile vs Tube Screamer
The Green Mile Mooer is an incredible budget overdrive pedal with a great sound and convenient size. But, even if you ignore these factors, it's still impossible to ignore how absolutely darn good the Green Mile sounds. Even though it is more affordable than the TS9, it's still better sounding to my ear. And, with the Hot channel included, you get such awesome versatility out of such a tiny unit. This is the epitome of dynamite in a small package. I'd say Mooer pedals did a pretty stellar job in separating their tube screamer clone from the rest out there.
I like the Mooer Grey Faze a lot. I also think it fares well as a clone of the Germanium Fuzz. This pedal has a super simple layout. With only a volume knob and a fuzz knob, much like the Dunlop Germanium fuzz face. The fuzz knob controls the volume of the fuzz effect. Whilst the Fuzz knob controls how much fuzz you want. I find the fuzz knob to be very responsive on this Mooer pedal, which is something I really like about it.
Turn the volume up after 12 and the fuzz around 1.4 way for a light and smooth overdrive/distortion sound turndTurn the fuzz up and you start getting into warm, creamy and fuzzy territory that you've come to expect for a fuzz face type pedal. When the fuzz is maxed out, things start to sound pretty lo-fi but in a really good way. The pedal overall is super responsive too, so you can roll back the volume and it cleans up really nicely.
One of the best descriptions I read about this pedal went something along the lines of, fuzzy on the outside and warm on the inside. This is such an accurate description of this Mooer fuzz pedal.
Mooer Audio Grey Faze Fuzz Vs Dunlop Germanium Fuzz Face
The Grey Faze is a really decent clone of the Dunlop Germanium fuzz face. I've tried a lot of budget and cheaper fuzz pedals that all land up sounding too fizzy for my liking. This is not the case with the grey faze. As I like the sound of this pedal a lot. And, despite it only having two controls, I find it to be pretty versatile. That is thanks to the fact that the actual "Fuzz" knob on this pedal is super responsive. And by adjusting it, you're able to achieve a wide array of sounds.
One thing I do find a little annoying with the Grey Faze is that the volume has to always be set above 12 O'clock. Anything below and It feels the pedal starts to lose signal. Something that does not occur with the Dunlop Fuzz Face. Having said that, I'd most likely opt for the Mooer pedal, due to the fact that it's more affordable, is smaller in size and sounds pretty spot on the original.
Mooer Grey Faze vs Blue Faze
If you're wondering how this matches up to the Blue Faze which is another similar fuzz. I'll explain..the Blue faze vs the Grey faze is pretty simple. Both are pedals based on the same Fuzz face circuit. However, the Blue Faze uses silicon transistors whilst the Grey faze uses germanium transistors. This results in a different tone from the either pedal. The Blue Faze is a lot brasher an in your face. Whilst the grey faze is warmer and smoother overall. Also, the grey faze can, at times, sound like overdrive.
If there color, layout, and font weren't enough of a giveaway, I can surely tell you that the Mooer Hustle Drive is a clone of the OCD overdrive pedal by OCD. In my opinion, the Hustle Drive by Mooer Pedals is not quite as good as the original OCD Pedal, but I'll get into that a little further down.
Before I do so, I think it is important to give some background to the OCD pedal first. It needs to be noted, that the OCD by Fulltone actually has 7 different versions. And, each version has its own unique characteristics. With the latest version even having a completely different circuit board to the rest. So, to say that the Mooer Hustle Drive is a clone of the OCD is a little vague. Due to the fact that there is no specific reference to the version of OCD it is cloned after.
Hustle Drive Sound?
Having said that, the Hustle Drive by Mooer does maintain the general character and qualities of the OCD range of pedals. The Hustle Drive, like the OCD, reproduces the sound of overdrive that would come from a tube amp. The Hustle Drive is also laid out in the same fashion, with the same three knobs as the original (tone, volume, gain). As well as the 2-way toggle switch featured on the original OCD. Which, lets you select between HighPeak and Low Peak. Toggling between these two changes the way in which the pedal works and sounds:
- HP (High Peak): This setting adds more low end to your sound. Also, if you turn the gain clockwise on this setting, you get a more overdriven sound that the upper midrange being accentuated.
- LP (Low Peak): The Low peak setting works more like a boost. Some pedal enthusiasts say that it works like a clean boost. But, to my ear, there's definitely grit to the sound, even when used as a boost.
Mooer Hustle Drive Vs OCD Fulltone
The Hustle Drive gets close to the sound of the OCD. But, it does not do the best job of being a clone. For example, Joyo makes a better clone of the OCD in the form of the Ultimate Drive. Mooer's Hustle Drive gets about 85-90% close to OCD but lacks some important tonal characteristics.
The actual OCD sounds more like a real tube amp to me. It also sounds more alive when compared to the Hustle Drive. The OCD is also a bit more bright whilst the Hustle Drive seems to compress more. And thus, it sounds slightly darker. Furthermore, the OCD seems to have a lot more headroom and dynamic in sound as well as the way it responds. I go really in-depth on my OCD pedal comparison here.
There are a few pedals on the list that are not clones of other pedals. The LoFi Machine happens to be one of these Mooer pedals. If you're wanting a guitar pedal that can achieve the Super Mario theme song sound (and more), then this LoFi Machine is definitely for you.
But what is the LoFi machine? it is a pedal that reduces the sample rate and depth, with a range from 60Hz all the way up to 31250Hz And, 5bit all the up to 16 bits parameter for controlling the depth of the sample... Thus, resulting bit-crusher type of sound. The LoFi Machine has three knobs along with a 3-way toggle switch. The three knobs on this pedal include:
- Bit: Reduces the sample depth
- Mix: Allows you to blend the wet & dry signal. I.e. how much of the effect you want to come through in conjunction with your regular dry signal
- Sample: a range of frequencies for which you can reduce the sample rate.
Along with these three knobs, the LoFi machine has, as I mentioned above, a 3-way toggle switch. The toggles include Bass, guitar, and synth. Now I'm sure your first assumption, like mine was, is to think that this toggle switch changes the sound of the pedal to that of the instrument of either bass, guitar or synth. However, we'd be wrong in thinking this. That is because this toggle was rather designed to optimize the pedal for the instrument that is being used. For example, if you're a bassist, you'd have the toggle on bass mode. If you're running a synth through it, you'd have it on synth mode. And, if you're playing the guitar through it, you'd have it on guitar mode. So you can see here that this toggle doesn't actually change the sound at all.
Conclusion on the MSE1 Sample Reducing Pedal
Do you need this pedal? This is an exceptionally hard Mooer pedal to review. Due to the fact that, in my opinion, does not serve much of a purpose on the average pedal board. This is not an essential effect. Unless of course, you've written a song/part with this pedal. Or, you're trying to recreate a particular sound that this pedal can produce. Other than those two reasons, it is quite hard to recommend this pedal for any specific need. Unless of course, you need a guitar pedal for super Mario sound.
Okay, where to begin. So, the Mooer Micro ABY is a clone of the EHX Switchblade. Or, I should rather say that it WAS a clone of the Switchblade. You see, Mooer doesn't produce the first version of the Micro ABY. Instead, they stopped making the Micro ABY and released a Micro ABY MK11.
The Micro ABY Mk11 is pretty much an identical copy of the Fender Micro ABY switch. In fact, it's the exact same pedal, only it is branded as Mooer instead of Fender. I am not joking here when I say they are the exact same pedal. However, this should not put you off the Mooer pedal. In fact, it should be a testament to the quality of this ABY pedal. because, if Fender is willing to brand it too, then you know it must be good, right?
Alas, the Mooer Micro ABY MKII has a channel switch. Which is laid out as follows:
- Y (A & B)
I'd love to be able to explain the ins and outs of how this ABY by Mooer pedals works. However, I have very little knowledge and experience using this pedal, and ABY pedals in general. It is more of a utilitarian pedal as opposed to an effects pedal. I hope to gain some experience in the near future with this Mooer pedal and update this section accordingly when I have.
Mooer's Ninety Orange is indeed a clone of the MXR Phase 90. However, Mooer once again has taken it further by not only giving you one but essentially two clones of classic MXR phase pedals, into one tiny and compact Mooer pedal. This made my list for best guitar pedals under $50 as I think it is a really good copy and value for money.
This pedal comes with the familiar, one-knob phaser configuration, that we're used to seeing from the MXR Phase 90. However, the Mooer 90 added an extra toggle switch which lets you flick between two different voices. These phaser voicings include:
- Vintage: Based off of the 1974 Phase 90, often referred to as the "Script" version because of its script-like font.
- Modern: A more modern-sounding phaser effect, based on the newer MXR Phase 90 pedals.
Ninety Orange MPH1 vs MXR Phase 90
This is a very simple yet effective phaser pedal. It also sounds good and can definitely be compared to the MXR's Phase 90 in terms of the way it sounds. I'd much rather buy the Mooer Ninety orange instead of the actual MXR. The reason is simple. You get a great sounding phaser pedal with two voicings in a compact pedal for an affordable price. But, if I must be honest, If someone gave me the opportunity to trade in the Mooer for an actual 1974 script phase, I'd take it. Only because they were, and still are such sought-after phaser pedals.
Apparently, the Pitch Box by Mooer pedals is a clone of the Boss PS-5 Super Shifter. I somehow don't think that this Mooer pedal is actually a clone of the PS-5. That is not to say that it didn't draw inspiration from the Boss. In fact, it is quite obvious to see that this Mooer pedal is based, loosely, on the PS-5, but is certainly no clone.
The Boss also has a lot more features when compared to the Pitch Box. The Mooer has plenty of features too, especially for a small pedal. However, I'll explain how this pedal works further down below. Although there are some differences, and, since we've established that it's not an exact clone, I'd still recommend this Mooer Pitch Box for the guitarist on a budget needing a simple, yet effect pitch shifter pedal.
Mooer Pitch Box vs Boss PS-5 Super Shifter
The difference between these two pedals is that the Boss has a completely different layout. The Mooer Pitch Box has one knob which controls the Pitch. Along with a 3-way toggle switch which does actually maintain some of the same modes as found on the Boss PS-5. Such as Harmony, Pitch Shift, and Detune mode. Whereas the Boss PS-5 has essentially 4 knobs (5 if you want to get technical) which include: Balance knob, Key selection knob, Pitch knob, and a mode selector knob which allows the choice between5 different modes including harmonist, pitch shift, detune, T. Arm and flutter.
This list, as I have already mentioned, features two clones of Xotic effects Booster pedals. First being the flex boost and second is this one. The Pure Boost. The Xotic pedals are known to be pretty expensive. So if you are after that pedal on a budget. Then, the Mooer Audio is a great option for you. This pedal is a clean boost first and foremost. Whilst this is a transparent pedal, there are volume, bass, treble and gain controls which allow you to expand the sound that this pedal produces.
It offers up to 20 decibels of boost and a further 15 decibels of treble and bass equalization.
Pure Boost vs RC Booster
The pedal compares well but not spot-on exactly. It certainly does an incredible job of providing a clean and transparent boost with the ability to add the drive as well as the bass to fatten up the sound. But, the RC Booster is expensive for a reason. And that reason is that you really get one of the smoothest sounding boost pedals around. The Pure Boost can get a bit noisy. But is still a great pedal especially considering the price and size.
I'll start off by saying that I don't believe this is a clone of any pedal. Let alone the Boss. However, many people seem to believe it is so I will succumb to saying it is at the very least inspired by the boss octave pedals. This pedal shifts the pitch of the sound and allows for the mixing of both the high octaves as well as the sub-octaves alongside your dry guitar sound. This gives you an almost POG-like sound in terms of the way it reacts. Furthermore, it can deliver organ sounds if you tweak it correctly.
Mooer Pure Octave Vs POG
At first glance, this MOC1 effects pedal looks very complicated. However, it is in fact quite simple to grasp. To start with, there are eleven different modes for the various octaves. With each different mode, you're able to adjust, add and blend the low and high octaves to your taste. You can also control your original signal so if you want none of it you can take it away. If you only want a subtle octave, you can retain most of your original sound.
This is a great pedal that I can't say enough about. The only issue I have is with the polyphonic notes. So when strumming chords don't always produce the best sound as a POG would. Having said that, it is great and I love this pedal.
Looking to get extreme with your tone? Like death metal extreme. Then this Rage Machine distortion pedal will definitely do the job for you. Despite the tiny size, this pedal produces one of the largest sounds out of all the pedals in this range. The pedal features four separate controls. The level knob controls the volume. The Low and High knobs control their respective bass and treble EQ. And finally, the "rage" knob refers to the distortion control.
Rage Machine Clone Vs Digitech Death Metal
The general consensus is that this pedal is a clone of the Digitech death metal pedal. I have actually owned the Digitech pedal and I can definitely say that the Rage machine is very similar. However, it was brought to my attention that the Rage machine might actually be a clone of the Rage Master which is also made by Digitech. To be honest, that would actually make sense. Considering the name of this Mooer pedal. Watch this space for an update on this pedal.
This is quite a confusing pedal. It's awesome, just quite confusing. This is what I mean...
It is a digital delay pedal that produces analog delay sounds (see what I mean). But, it achieves the analog sounds so well in my opinion. This pedal has a three-way toggle switch. This lets you toggle between analog, tape echo and reel echo. These are all "vintage delay" effects that used to require massive units to get the sound. Now Mooer offers these effects in a tiny unit. Furthermore, a Time, Feedback and Level knob are added to the pedal for further sound expansion.
Mooer Reecho Pro vs Boss DD-2
I must be honest, I am not sure if this is a clone of the Boss at all. I know that the Boss DD-2 has been discontinued for quite some time now. so it is quite hard for me to do a test or to find a comparison between the two pedals. Let me know in the comments below if you have any info regarding this. Also, I reckon the Boss DD7 is an all in one solution for a delay pedal in stompbox form.
There are quite a lot of delay pedals on this list by Mooer audio. However, the different delay pedals are quite unique from each other. The repeater is another digital delay pedal. This one includes a three-way toggle switch that lets you choose between three different delay types. The first mode is "normal". This mode delivers a delay sounds that only repeats what is actually played. Where this would be useful is for quick guitar parts such as fast heavy metal riffs. Whereby clear repetition of dealy is needed. The second mode is called "kill dry". This mode "kills" the original signal and only delivers the repetition. Where this would be useful is when your effects chain is in a parallel set up. And finally, the "mod" mode refers to modulation. Which, provides a unique delay sound mixed with some chorus which will allow for the epic creation of soundscapes.
Mooer Repeater Vs. Line 6 Echolizer
Many believe this pedal to be a clone of the Line 6 Echoliser pedal. However, whilst there are definitely some similarities between the two, The line 6offers may more options including tap tempo. Which, unfortunately, the Repeater does not have. The Mooer only packs a fraction of these sound options and for that reason, I cannot safely call this an exact clone.
This is one of my favorite pedals in this range. It is the Rumble drive and apparently, is based on the famous and expensive "Zen Drive" pedal. However, I have my reservations about that. Having said that, the Rumble is a very responsive and dynamic pedal. What this means is that it reacts to the way in which you play., So if you play harder, it will respond differently to if you were to play softer.
Ruble Drive Clone vs Zendrive
This is a very similar characteristic of the Zen drive. The Rumble is also a very mid-focused overdrive pedal. And, in my opinion, it tends to sound more like the Dumble amplifiers. Which would make sense considering the name of this pedal. If you're looking for a lot of gain on tap, then this is not the pedal for you. However, for a blues tone, this is a very useful and handy pedal that will be all you need.
The Mooer Shimverb is a reverb pedal that has three options. The main feature to sway someone to get this pedal over other reverbs is because of the Shimmer function. The affordable reverb pedal allows you to toggle between three different reverbs. The first two are your standard room and spring reverb. The third is, as mentioned, the shimmer. This is Mooer's unique verb sound which allows one to create soundscapes and dreamy shoegazing guitar parts. Think along the lines of post-punk and guitar-based indie music from the 1980s. Even if you ignore the shimmer function, the simple spring or room reverb that comes from this pedal is great. If you're in need of reverb at an affordable price, this is a fantastic option.
In the 1980s Boss released a now-legendary pedal in the form of the slow gear. Since then it has built up a very decent niche following. However, the pedal has been discontinued for quite some time. And, as a result, the second-hand prices for these units have skyrocketed to unreasonable amounts. Especially considering what the pedal does.
Luckily, Mooer now makes a very sufficient clone of this classic pedal. The pedal itself is used to create volume swells of different types. More specifically, this can be used to achieve that violin-like tone that would otherwise require you to precisely ride your volume knob which is not always possible. This pedal re-lives us from having to do this. Out of all the pedals, I find this one of the hardest to describe. For that reason, check out the video below to see what it can do. It is a very simple pedal with only two knobs. The first knob controls the attack whilst the second knob allows for the adjustment of the sensitivity. Once again, this is better demonstrated in the video.
If you're a lead guitarist then this is one of those essential distortion pedals you need on your board. The Original Riot distortion by Suhr would be the first choice. However, these are expensive and big. The Mooer is much cheaper and smaller and delivers the same features and similar sound as the Suhr does. The Solo has 3 different modes which can be activated by a toggle switch. These include:
- Natural: This delivers a dynamic and responsive distortion sound with a very "organic" sound.
- Tight: This is a better-suited mode for higher gain sounds with a kick in the mids and a tightening up of the bottom end.
- Classic: This will give you that classic 80's saturated solo tone.
Mooer Solo vs Suhr Riot
This is a fantastic pedal that can achieve a lot in terms of different tones and is a necessary tool for any rock lead guitarist. I think this pedal does a great job in cloning the original and I highly recommend it for anyone who is unsure.
If you want to add the funk yo your bass lines then this is the pedal for you. It is first and foremost a bass filter pedal. However, it can be used on both regular guitar as well as bass. In a nutshell, this is an automatic wah-wah type of effect. But, it is definitely more than that. It is the perfect pedal to add some spice to your bass sound and rig. A two-way toggle lets you flick between clean or fuzz modes. The clean is your regular mode whilst the fuzz, well it adds fuzz to your signal.
Sweeper Vs EHX Baseballs
The sweeper is without a doubt inspired by and based on the EHX baseballs. However, it is not an identical clone. The EHX features only a "distortion" toggle and a resonance knob. Whilst the Mooer allows you to control the intensity, range, and resonance. So on paper, the Mooer has more features and should be the better choice.
EHX Bass Blogger
Whilst this is considered to be a fuzz pedal. I'd say it is both fuzz and distortion for bass in one. This pedal lets you go from subtle drive all the way up to high gain. It features a two-way selector knob which lets you opt between fuzz or distortion. The distortion channel misses the fuzz and the dry signal for a tone with more definition. The Fuzz setting is your straight-up fuzz setting. It has a tone, gain and volume knob. A good tip with this pedal is that you can use the volume knob as a boost function. However, this only works in fuzz mode and not distortion. Lastly, it is believed that this pedal is a clone on the Electro-Harmonix Bass blogger pedal.
The Trelicopter is a really good optical trem effects pedal for those on a tight budget. For such a small enclosure, you're able to get quite a diverse range of tremolo sounds. I must point out that this is not your "regular" trem pedal. I find it to be a bit more far out and shoegazy if that makes sense. A fantastic pedal for post-punk and indie guitar-based music.
Mooer Trelicopter Volume Drop
This guitar pedal has three knobs which include depth, bias, and speed. Each knob does the following to the sound of the tremolo:
- Depth: This knob shapes and colors your guitar tone
- Bias: Goes from smooth tremolo to saw tremolo
- Speed: From Slow Wobble to Buzzing Trem
As far as the volume drop is concerned. I have not experienced this "fault" unless of course, the internet is referring to the fact that this pedal produces a volume-drop type of effects. In which case, it definitely does.
Trelicopter Vs Demeter Tremulator
The Demeter Tremulator is an expensive pedal. Having said that, it sounds great and is a truly unique effect. It is also quite a hard pedal to come by. So for that reason, it is wonderful that Mooer Audio has recreated this type of optical tremolo pedal based as a clone of the Demeter Tremulator.
EHX Big Muff Fuzz
This is a classic fuzz pedal through and through. It sounds incredibly full and has a lot of sustain on tap. Also, I find it one of the best fuzz pedals for lead guitar. Furthermore, it works well on both single coils and humbuckers. Which is often rare in a fuzz pedal. As they generally suit single coils more than humbucker pickups. Depending on how you tweak this pedal, you can get a really thick tone. A little tip I learned is that by turning the sustain knob clockwise, you make the pedal sound brighter. So you can turn the tone anti-clockwise to your taste.
Triangle Buff vs Big Muff
This is indeed a clone of the Big Muff by Electro-Harmonix. All of the characteristics mentioned above about the Mooer. Are those typical tonal characteristics of a class Big Muff. We all know the original muff to be an exceptionally large pedal. And, one this is not pedalboard friendly. For that reason, the Triangle Buff is a good choice as it is quite literally a fraction of the size of a proper Big Muff Fuzz.
Boss DS-1 Keeley Mod
This pedal is based on the classic and world-famous, Boss DS-1. However, it is a clone with a twist. This is in actual fact, based on the DS-1 with the Keeley Modification. The Mooer, like the Keeley, modded DS-1 comes with a three-way toggle switch. The Keeley doesn't say what each toggle does. But, the Mooer outlines them as follows:
- Ultra: This is a fat drive setting with more range of distortion
- Extra: A High-gain setting, reminiscent of tube amps producing distortion
- Original: A classic distortion sound based on the orange Boss distortion
The pedal also has a further level, tone and distortion knobs. Making it a nice and diverse pedal that can cover a lot of ground when it comes to an array of distortion tones.
This is an optical compressor pedal. It is able to produce a nice natural decay along with a smooth compression sound. For me, this is one of the nicest sounding compressor pedals on the market. Forget about the fact that it is a cheaper pedal, it still fares very well on the compressor pedal market. This optical compressor guitar effects pedal shines best when paired with a single-coil pickup. My favorite guitar is the Stratocaster with this pedal as well as my P90 Gibson Junior. Having said that, it can definitely work wonders on humbuckers too. Which, I have also tried on my Les Paul.
Yellow Comp vs Diamond Compressor.
The Diamond compressor is a big yellow pedal. Therefore it is pretty obvious that the name, "yellow comp" means it is a clone of the Diamond. The diamond is an amazing pedal/. However, it is quite pricey. And, relatively hard to come by. I believe that the Diamond comp is easily beaten by the sound of the Nova Comp by T-Rex. It is my favorite compressor pedal ever so perhaps I am a little biased.
Rounding Up My Mooer Pedals Review
So all in all Mooer do a really good job at cloning some pretty classic pedals. To be honest, not all of them are exact clones. But, for affordable pedals, pretty much all of them are decent enough to justify buying. Many of which, will surprise you and become permanent fixtures on your pedalboard like with me. I just wanted to address two other elements regarding these mini micro pedals.
No Battery Only Power Supply
So none of the pedals are able to be powered up using a 9V battery. Instead, they are powered using your regular pedal power supply. Check out my article on pedalboard power supplies for more info on this.
Mooer's Patch Cables
The Mooer company has also provided a range of patch cables specifically designed for these pedals. They're essentially couples instead of patch cables. But if you'd like to read more on this, check the post about Guitar patch cables.
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